I was driving on the freeway (the 5) and had a random thought:
Archives for December 2015
What do I want for Christmas?
In American society— we are always told to buy more shit to take away our misery and dissatisfaction in our lives.
I want to tell you a story:
I want to propose a new school of photography called “personal photography.” Consider this letter as a way for me to work out some ideas, and to share some ideas with you.
For the latest Assignment over at Streettogs Academy, our editor’s choice, Jota Barros chose Self Awareness.
(Details of joining and more info after the jump!)
I want to let you know— I am a brand-slave. Meaning; I love brands. I love the way they make me feel, but I am imprisoned by them.
I just wanted to write you this letter to share you some personal thoughts after reading “Capital” and “The Communist Manifesto” by Karl Marx. And no, it isn’t some crazy communist shit– it is rather about how you should never let anything hold you back from unlocking your creative potential.
After about a hundred shots of espresso, the newest “Learn From the Masters of Street Photography” PDF Book is live. This version (Version II) is the newest and cleanest version that distills the wisdom of the masters of street photography into 100 practical lessons.
This book is “open-source” and free to download, edit, modify, translate, remix, and share.
- Download / 155MB / .ibooks
- Download / 300KB / .txt
iBooks Author Source File
- Download / 620 MB / .iba
For further reading, learn from all the masters of street photography.
“It’s not the daily increase but the daily decrease. Hack away at the unessential.” – Bruce Lee
I’m like a pigeon. I am so easily distracted. If you saw how many Google chrome tabs I have open at once, you’d know what I mean.
When I was walking around in SF in Soma, I saw a sign that said:
It really stuck to me the next few weeks. What is “deep focus” anyways?
Better late than never as they say. The “ber” months have been tough on your admin balancing a busy schedule, the flu, and paying the bills. That said, I want to say that this assignment was a great treat. The entries are very creative and I’m happy with the continous participation of everyone despite my shortcomings. So here we go with some of the selections for the assignment and of course our editor’s choice!
Don’t be afraid.
Fear is what prevents your inner-artist from expressing itself.
Fear is what prevents you from approaching that stranger you want to talk to/take a photo of.
Fear is what holds you back from quitting your job, and traveling the world.
Fear is what prevents you from approaching that curator to show your work.
Fear is what prevents you from uploading that one photo online; you are scared that others will judge you, you are scared if you aren’t going to get any likes, and you are afraid that you might be revealed as a “fraud.”
I am excited to share that I am one of the instructors at “Gulf Photo Plus 2016” this year. If you’ve never heard about the event, long story short— it is the most epic, fun, and educational photography-related event I have ever been to.
The event “Gulf Photo Plus” is also the name of the organization (also called Gulf Photo Plus”— yeah it can be confusing)— and it is a yearly event in Dubai (the place that has the ski-lift inside a mall). It brings all the world’s best instructors (both adept photographers and great teachers), and honestly it is just a fun time to hang out with other photographers, grab drinks at the bars in the evening, and feel love and inspiration.
Never Miss the Decisive Moment.
Discover all of the camera straps made by HAPTIC INDUSTRIES:
HENRI CHROMA Wrist Straps: available for a limited time.
ERIC KIM NECK STRAP (Compatible with RICOH GR II)
ERIC KIM Wrist Strap (Compatible with RICOH GR II)
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The Story behind the Henri & Eric Kim Straps
This post is written by Cindy aka Haptic:
Serendipitous Encounters: Saigon 2014
In summer of 2014 Eric and I met a group of talented artists in Saigon. We hung out, drank lots of coffee, and talked about creative projects to work on:
Project 1: Our friend Gin and his gang of skilled film producers put together this beautiful film about shooting street photography in Vietnam along with Fujifilm Vietnam:
Project 2: Gin also introduced us to his childhood friend who are models and musicians, Lan and Uyen. In Vietnam, rarely do people just do one thing. There is a spirit of creativity, entrepreneurism, and scrappiness in Saigon. Lan and Uyen also are talented leather makers and artisans.
Over the course of three years we worked together to design, experiment, and make different products.
Handmade Leather Camera Straps
All of our leather products — the HENRI COLLECTION (neck strap, wrist strap, wrist strap pro, shoulder strap, chroma) and ERIC KIM COLLECTION (wrist strap, neck strap) are 100% leather and handmade and crafted with care from start to finish. Lan and Uyen source the leather, handmake the straps during the weekdays between music gigs, and ship them to California from Saigon.
Rather than mass produced, these are handmade in small, limited-quantity batches in order to preserve a level of excellent craftsmanship and quality. Each strap is unique.
Once they get to California, Eric and I, (and now with the help of our loving and supportive family–sorry Mom for taking over the dining room table…) work to quality check, finish, and package each strap.
I designed the packaging of each product (I love boxes). The labeling is hand-stamped!
Why buy from HAPTIC aka Cindy & Eric?
Unlike huge, anonymous factories, this is the entire operation: Eric, me, my family, Lan, and Uyen. We are transparent about the labor practices behind the straps because we are proud and love each product we make.
We live in Vietnam currently and are very cognizant of global inequality, especially in labor practices. This is why we price our products the way we do. We want to give a fair and respectful wage to everyone involved. We do not run a wholesale factory, but support honest and beautiful work.
From the bottom of our hearts, thank you
We know there are so many other straps and camera accessories to choose from, so we thank you for choosing to support us!
Here are our friends from all around the world, proudly displaying their HAPTIC products:
HAPTIC Moving Forward
Moving forward, we are focusing on HAPTICPRESS — to publish more art, books, and guides to inspire and empower our artists and photographers. We wish to build a platform of mutual empowerment, and to also hopefully feature your work one day.
We are also building up the ERIC KIM FORUM — your new home to improve, grow, and learn as a photographer and artist.
We thank you so much for building this positive community of sharing, growth, and openness. Let’s continue to ride this creative wave together.
Cindy & Eric
Raise your hand if you don’t have enough time to make photos.
I want to tell you about my camping trip in Yosemite during the thanksgiving break.
Street Photography Quick Links is a compilation of Links, Projects, News, Videos, Events, or anything that is related to street photography or photography in particular that I have personally consumed. Perhaps these might interest you or make you think. If you want to send some links my way, details will be at the bottom of the post below:
This is an interview between me and Neil Ta, my good friend (and manager). He’s recently taken his street photography to the next level by shooting exclusively with a Hasselblad Xpan (panoramic film camera), and has taken a few trips to Cuba. See his on-going edit of Cuba, and learn more about him and how he shoots:
“Have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don’t search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now.” – Rainer Maria Rilke
Read this as a Google Doc
I was talking with one of my friends and students David— and he has an excellent camera. He shot with an Olympus OM-D EM-5 Mark II with a Lumix 15mm lens (30mm full-frame equivalent). I was actually curious about the camera (as Josh White, one of my best friends in Korea) has one— and has been taking phenomenal shots with it.